I own a Toyota Prius - which is a hybrid electric car. Hybrid is a term used to indicate a normal petrol car with an extra form of propoltion on top of the standard internal combustion engine.
Although these cars have been available in the US and Japan for over a year, they have only just become available (Nov 2001) in Australia. Currently we get about 800km per tank of fuel (40 lt). This is about 4.6 - 5.2 (depending on the week) liters per 100Km. They are a beautiful car, smooth to drive, very little fuel, all the luxuries and very comfy.
I have now had this car for almost 7 years, and done over 140,000K - still working perfectly !